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January 21, 2007

Norm Coleman's 2008 Worries Begin

U S Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) up for reelection in 2008 is showing signs that he, like any politician is worrying losing his position comes 2008, Star Tribune has reported.

According to the DFL, Senator coleman has since 2006 congreesional elections become a "flip-flopper" on the Irag issue in a bit to be reelected. The Minnesota Republican sanator has been one president bush's strong Irag policies prior to the elections that booted majority Republicans from both houses of the Congress.

Star Tribune's story is more about words. Senator Coleman had not signed on the non-binding resolution been considered by key Democrats and Republicans opposing any US troops surge in Irag. I think that the Senator is only been what is: a politician. That is, he opposes the increase but (would) support them all the same.

January 20, 2007

Congress Defies Norms

As an African trying to understand American politics, I have a particular interest in the United States Congress and how it works. I have tried to understand why this great deliberative body of lawmakers is often known as "Do-nothing-congress".

But the 110th Congress moved toward bipartisanship in its 100th hours of business, The Christian Science Monitor newspaper reports. According to this report, there was a fairly good number of republicans that worked together with democrats in the the first 100th legislative hours in passing key bills - including ethics rules on lobbying, a bill cutting interest rate into half for student loans, minimum wage bill, among others.

However there remain differences among House Democrats and Republicans on President Bush's new policy for Irag. With the growing opposition for troops increase in Irag, a non-b inding resolution sponsored by top Democrat and Republican lawmakers in the Senate to oppose the White House Irag policy is been considered.

Giving that the 110th Congress has in its first 100 hours of deliberations largely overcome partisan politics in passing some major bills, it could be argued that Americans might be in for more surprises as the 2008 presidential elections draw on. This could be a Congress that reverses many political myths Americans have live with for over a century.

This was an excellent example of in-depth news analysis. Besides its well written nature, It gave the number of senators and representatives who voted for or against these bills.